The National Society of The Colonial Dames in the State of Delaware (NSCDA-DE) is celebrating 100 years since the organization during 1916-1918, saved, relocated and preserved the First Presbyterian Church (built 1740) and fondly known as the "Little Church". It will be open to the public on Oct 14, 2-4pm featuring history exhibits. De Blokfluiters, a recorder ensemble, will provide 18th century music.
The First Presbyterian Church was built in 1740 at 10th and Market Streets Several members of the congregation were delegates to the Continental Congress, including Gunning Bedford, aide de camp to General George Washington and Dr John McKinley, first president od Delaware and a founder of the Medical Society of Delaware The building served as ahospital after the Battle of the Brandywine.
As the congregation grew in 1840, the building was used as a Sabbath School and a larger church was built on the property. In 1879 The Delaware Historical Society renovated and occupied the Little Church and in 1895 NSCDA-DE began meeting there.
In 1916 the building was threatened with demolition to make way for an expanding city and a new library. Efforts by NSCDA-DE and the Society of Colonial wars in the State of Delaware with assistance from Pierre S duPont, relocated the "Little Church" to public parkland at West Street and Park Drive in Wilmington. In 1980 the interior of the meeting was restored to its original appearance as an early 18th century church.
NSCDA-DE owns and maintains the Little Church as their headquarters and the building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Little Church is open to the public on the 2nd Sunday, 2-4pm, Apr-Oct. It is available for weddings and community events For further information: website; www.nscdade.org or via email; firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America is an organization of women dedicated to furthering an appreciation of our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service and education projects.
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